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US sailor from iconic Times Square kiss dies aged 86

Glenn McDuffie, the US Navy veteran who kissed a nurse in an iconic photo taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in New York on V-Day in 1945, has passed away aged 86.

McDuffie told the Associated Press years later that he had been changing trains in New York when he heard that war was over: “I was so happy. I ran out in the street.”

“And then I saw that nurse,” he said. “She saw me hollering and with a big smile on my face ... I just went right to her and kissed her."

Glenn McDuffie battled lung cancer and reportedly lived in a Dallas suburb at the time of his death. Nurse Edith Shain died in 2010 at the age of 91.

The iconic image is known as V-J Day in Times Square, V-Day, and The Kiss. Credit: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Getty


First electronic computer celebrates 70th anniversary

The 70th anniversary of the world's first electronic computer will be celebrated today by code-breaking veterans and their families.

Colossus Mk I - the world's first electronic computer. Credit: Peter Jordan/PA Archive

Seven decades ago today, Colossus Mk I attacked its first message written in the complex code used by Adolf Hitler and his generals during the Second World War.

Colossus was built to speed up code-breaking of the sophisticated Lorenz cipher and is regarded as the world's first digital, electronic computer.

By the end of the war there were 10 functioning Colossi machines, which had a decisive impact on the war.

To mark the anniversary, Colossus veterans and their families will gather at The National Museum of Computing at code-breaking institution Bletchley Park where they will see a re-enactment of the code-breaking process from intercept to decrypt with a working rebuild of Colossus.


Belated funeral lined up for WW2 bomber crewman

An airman whose bomber crashed into a swamp in Nazi Germany may finally receive a proper funeral, more than 70 years after his death.

Halifax bombers on a bombing raid during World War 2 Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Sergeant Roland Hill, 32, was a flight engineer on a Halifax bomber which was brought down over Germany in August 1943.

The airman, of 158 Squadron, died in the crash along with the rest of the seven-man crew. His body may now finally be removed from the murky waters north of Berlin allowing his funeral to take place.

An RAF Halifax bomber pictured during an attack on an oil plant in Germany's Ruhr Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The crash site was discovered in 2002 but German archaeologists have only just been given permission from authorities to excavate the site.

Until now, the only memorial to Sgt Hill has been an inscription of his name on the RAF's Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.

Former SS soldier charged over 1944 Nazi massacre

An 88-year-old former SS soldier has been charged in Germany over the Second World War massacre of an entire French village in which 642 men, women and children were killed.

The man, who has not been named, faces 25 counts of murder. Cologne state court said he was also charged with hundreds of counts of accessory to murder in connection with the 1944 atrocity.

Prosecutors say he shot 25 men as part of a firing squad, and then helped as troops blockaded and then set fire to a church, where dozens of women and children were killed.

The suspect's lawyer, Rainer Pohlen, said he did not deny being at the village but said he never fired a shot that day and was not otherwise involved in any killings.

The court now needs to decide whether to move ahead with a trial, but the suspect first has until 31 March to respond to the charges.

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